Best of the best – Godwin Murambiwa

The first black coach of the national senior rugby team is credited with the juniors’ imperious form of late.

Best match played

Way back in 1986 against Omagh Grammar School in Ireland. I scored the winning try in the last game, which was my first external Rugby Tour

Best administrator

Dave Morgan: former Zimbabwe Rugby Union President and Chairman of Old Hararians in the late 80s. He was president in 1987 when we went to the World Cup.

Best Memory

Doing my IRB Level 2 back in 1996 and mixing it with the legendary Rod Mcqueen, John Hart and Dick Best. It was a full class and as a young man, I felt really blessed to have that opportunity. Gert Small, Jake White and our own Ian Macintosh were there in Durban. To cap it all, we watched New Zealand vs Boks at Kings Park.

Best opponent

Craig Evans of Falcon: A good fullback who however, chose cricket as a career.

Best prospect.

Taku Chieza. Zimbabwe hasn’t produced any quality 3/4s in a while but watch this kid currently at the Junior World Rugby Trophy in USA and he has just played for Sharks U19.

World’s best player currently

It has to be Thierry Dusatoir, the French captain. He was unlucky not to win the World Cup last year, but I had an opportunity to watch him play in the final of the France Top 14, when his Toulouse side beat the star-studded Toulon in the final last week. His work in the ground is unmatched and has phenomenal work rate.

Best accolade

The Annual National Sports Awards Coach of the Year 2006: I was humbled to be recognised as the best in that year.

Best advice received

Back in 1989, my mentor Collin Osbourne influenced me to become coach. I had fractured both knees as a schoolboy and he sat me down and analysed the future of rugby in Zimbabwe. Putting things into perspective, he predicted that I would be the first black Zimbabwean coach, which I was. He said I was capable of taking Zimbabwe to the World Cup, which I think I have managed at junior level!

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